Nearly 30 circuit judges signed the Walker recall petitionWisconsin News
-- At least 29 Wisconsin circuit judges signed recall petitions against Governor Scott Walker -- and those who've commented say they've done nothing improper.
At least 29 Wisconsin circuit judges signed recall petitions against Governor Scott Walker -- and those who've commented say they've done nothing improper. Gannett's 10 Wisconsin newspapers checked a searchable database of Walker recall signers, and found that about 12-percent of county judges supported the effort to recall the Republican governor. Brown County Circuit Judge Mark Warpinski said he was only supporting the recall process, not a particular party or candidate. Charles Kahn Junior of Milwaukee County said Wisconsinites should have the right to vote again for governor -- and he meant nothing else by his action. And Brown County Judge Don Ziudmulder said he's in favor of elections quote, "any time, any place." Former Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske said the judges were within their rights to sign the Walker recall petitions -- but it might show an appearance of partiality if they're called upon to settle cases involving the G-O-P or Governor Walker. Gannett did its survey after Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan issued a temporary injunction this month against the Walker-approved photo I-D law for voting -- and it was later learned that he signed a Walker recall petition. The state's Judicial Commission says it has had numerous requests to investigate Flanagan's action. And the question could come up at the Commission's next meeting in mid-April.
Here are the circuit judges who signed the Walker recall petitions. Bayfield County, John Anderson; Brown County, Mark Warpinski, Don Zuidmulder; Buffalo County, James Duvall; Columbia County, Daniel George; Crawford County, James Czajkowski; Dane County, David Flanagan; Dodge County, Andrew Bissonnette; Door County, Todd Ehlers; Jackson County, Thomas Lister; La Crosse County, Ramona Gonzalez, Todd Bjerke, Dale Pasell; Milwaukee County, Carl Ashley, Jane Carroll, Karen Christenson, Dennis Cimpl, Pedro Colon, Jean DiMotto, Michael Dwyer, Bonnie Gordon, Charles Kahn, Mary Kuhnmuench, Marshall Murray; Monroe County, David Rice; Ozaukee County, Tom Wolfgram; Sawyer County, Gerald Wright; Trempealeau County, John Damon; Vernon County, Michael Rosborough.